On That Note

"Forgot About Dre" single artwork
Big news folks - "Michael's Music Monday Review" is now "On That Note."  This is a title change only, nothing more.  Other musical updates from this week include the discovery of Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites."  Not necessarily a fan, but the B section introduces some interesting cross-rhythms that are noteworthy.  Also, DJ Kahled's "I'm On One" has so much more flow in it's unedited form.

Without further ado, let's get to today's subject of discussion - Dr. Dre's "Forgot About Dre."  The song features Eminem.

Off of Dre's album 2001, "Forgot About Dre" samples No Doubt's "The Climb."  With heavy instrumental syncopation, the music always has a forward moving direction.  At 134 BPM, the decently fast track compliments the tongue twisting speed of the Dr. (Dr. Dre) and Eminem.  Both spit more words per minute than Pam Beasley (Pam Halpert) does typing.  Eminem's line "Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to say but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of jibberish..." [Eminem's articulation and phrasing here are second to none and absolutely clutch.  With slight bounce, the rapper makes me do nothing short of bob my head.  This isn't necessarily difficult to do, but this is not said to undermine its success in doing so.]   helped thrust the song into it's place within pop culture (it did in my house at least).  Though only reaching 25 on Billboard, this song is great and deserves your personal investigation.  The duo keeps it real as they paint a richly dark blue scheme using sound.


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